|Quoting Heinkel (Reply 66):|
For me it is surprising, that we hear next to nothing from the Americans. We know that they have a tight spy satellite coverage worldwide with state of the art equipemtent and their numerous agencies are wiretapping phones wordlwide and they want to make us believe that they don't know anything about the fate of the missing a/c?
Uh, we told you a month ago through strategic leaks that it landed in Iran / Pakistan / Krygystan (crappy direct but not non-stop service).
My primary DHS source sent me a one word answer for #MH370 flying south. The word is ... wait for it ... “Bull$#!+”
|Quoting Kaiarahi (Reply 73):|
It will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of international law, and not what you or anyone else thinks should happen. Annex 13 of the International Convention on Civil Aviation provides that where an accident occurs in international airspace, the investigation is led by the country of registry.
Perhaps only of theoretical interest but wearing your law professor hat, if it could be shown that the initial turn off the flight path, the reported climb, and the loss of the transponder occurred in Vietnamese airspace, then might Vietnam have a jurisdictional claim, the argument being that either--but at least one of--an *accident* or an *incident* occurred in its airspace?
Of course, Vietnam likely has zero interest in conducting this investigation. So this sort of jurisdictional fight would only arise if another country wanted to wrest control away from Malaysia and was able to convince Vietnam to assert jurisdiction and then delegate authority to that country (so a true long shot)... but it doesn't seem the most legally outlandish thing in the world?
Accident. An occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight until such time as all such persons have disembarked, in which:
a) a person is fatally or seriously injured as a result of:
— being in the aircraft, or
— direct contact with any part of the aircraft, including parts which have become detached from the aircraft, or — direct exposure to jet blast,
except when the injuries are from natural causes, self-inflicted or inflicted by other persons, or when the injuries are to stowaways hiding outside the areas normally available to the passengers and crew; or
b) the aircraft sustains damage or structural failure which:
— adversely affects the structural strength, performance or flight characteristics of the aircraft, and — would normally require major repair or replacement of the affected component,
except for engine failure or damage, when the damage is limited to the engine, its cowlings or accessories; or for damage limited to propellers, wing tips, antennas, tires, brakes, fairings, small dents or puncture holes in the aircraft skin; or
c) the aircraft is missing or is completely inaccessible.
Note 1.— For statistical uniformity only, an injury resulting in death within thirty days of the date of the accident is classified as a fatal injury by ICAO.
Note 2.— An aircraft is considered to be missing when the official search has been terminated and the wreckage has not been located.
Incident. An occurrence, other than an accident, associated with the operation of an aircraft which affects or could affect the
safety of operation.
Note.— The types of incidents which are of main interest to the International Civil Aviation Organization for accident prevention studies are listed in the Accident/Incident Reporting Manual (Doc 9156).
[Edited 2014-04-20 09:46:17]